The Best Switch Games to Play With Your Grandparents

When you think of playing games with your grandparents, your mind might take you to a game of Rummy or Scrabble. Gone are the days of stereotyping video games as a teenager’s past-time, there are thousands of digital games that can bring the whole family together. The games we have found are perfect for grandparents and grandchildren to play on the Nintendo Switch.

Mario Kart

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This game is like a time machine that takes everyone on a trip down memory lane, Mario Kart is a timeless classic that appeals to people of all ages. This game gives you a great chance to get competitive without jeopardising family game night.
First released in 1992, whilst the graphics and characters might have evolved slightly, the premise is still the same. The switch controllers can be easy to pick up and for some, the controls come naturally, so you can jump into the action quickly.

Animal Crossing

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Imagine a tranquil island comforted by the soft glow of a setting sun, where worries don’t seem to exist. Animal Crossing is one of those games that allows you to forget about what is going on in the real world and allows you to simply switch off and exist in a virtual paradise. Players find themselves on a deserted island, free to shape the landscape, design their dream home, and build friendships with a host of charming anthropomorphic animal neighbours. There are no objectives or time limits, so the game allows you to explore at your own pace. It’s a great chance for you to sit down with your family and design their dream island together.

Trivial Pursuit Live

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What better way to get the grandparents on board with video games than with a board game classic? This digital adaptation brings the iconic game to life on the screen. The premise is simple: answer questions across various categories to earn wedges for your pie and believe us when we say there are questions for everyone! For grandparents, Trivial Pursuit Live is a delightful trip down memory lane and is a chance for them to share their wealth of life experience and wisdom. It’s a game that rewards knowledge, especially those random facts you’ve picked up through life.


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Pode is a delightful co-op puzzle exploration game about a rock and a fallen star who work together to solve ancient puzzles. The graphics are inspired by Norwegian art and culture, every scene is a delight to look at and experience. For families, this game brings you together as the game’s puzzles are designed to challenge without overwhelming and encourages cooperation between players. So, if you’re looking for something more competitive, this might not be the game for you.

Stardew Valley

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This game is packed with wholesome gameplay where players embark on a journey to transform an overgrown farm into a thriving homestead. This game requires a lot of patience, creativity, and time management as you sow crops, raise animals, and build relationships with the townsfolk. The great part about Stardew Valley is its open-ended nature. Players can progress through the game in their own time doing whatever they like whether it be focussing on crops, exploring nearby caves, or fishing in the local pond. Stardew Valley is a highly relaxing game, perfect for a cosy afternoon in.